Gay rights lawyer immolates self in NYC park in ecology protest

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"I apologize to you for the mess", Buckel reportedly wrote.

The New York Times said it received an emailed copy of the note, which also said, "Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result - my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves".

He also worked as marriage project director and senior counsel at Lambda Legal, which fights for LGBT rights. Honorable goal in life invites honorable purchase in death.

'A lifetime of service may best be preserved by giving a life...

Firefighters in NY discovered the burned remains of a prominent local attorney who reportedly self-immolated in an effort to call attention to environmental concerns. Honorable goal in life invites honorable purchase in death.

In addition to a record of ecological work, the lawyer had also been a well-known advocate for marriage equality and other LGBT-rights issues.

Buckel's body was already completely burned by the time firefighters arrived, according to the New York Post. Hilary Swank, who starred in the film, won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her portrayal of Teena.

He represented Brandon Teena's mother in a lawsuit against the New England sheriff which notified Teena's rapists that he had pressed charges and did nothing to protect him from being killed.

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Buckel's suicide notes were left inside an envelope labeled "for the police" placed inside a garbage bag left inside a shopping cart near the body. The man's death is an apparent suicide, cops said.

He added, "A life of privilege requires actions to balance the harm caused, and the greater the privilege, the greater the responsibility".

'Here is a hope that giving a life might bring some attention to the need for expanded actions, and help others give a voice to our home, and Earth is heard'.

A jogger who stumbled across the remains and shared photographs of them on Twitter before they were covered up by police said they were "freaked out" by the discovery. "It took us a little while to process it".

Buckel, a graduate of Cornell Law School, worked with several local organizations that were involved in the practice of community composting.

New York Daily News notes that Buckel also argued against Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay leaders and for the establishment of a Utah high school's gay student club.

He also helped a Pennsylvania woman win a lawsuit allowing her to place the epitaph "beloved life partner" on the headstone of her gay partner.

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